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Ways to Get Involved and Stand for Education in Memphis


There are two big ways that Memphians can get involved and make a stand for the future of education. Stand is proud to be working on and supporting both.

First, as a follow-up to our education community meetings and continuing our focus on supporting Priority Schools, we are letting you know- 

The Achievement Advisory Council Needs You!

We Elected Education Champions!


Stand for Children Tennessee is committed to electing smart leaders capable of advancing education policies that ensure every child has access to a quality education. This election cycle, Stand for Children Tennessee endorsed 19 education champions in 16 races - 12 of those candidates won their races. These candidates were spread out over Metro Nashville School Board, Shelby County School Board, and State legislative races.

Education Bill Summary for the 2014 Legislative Session


Last Thursday, the legislature completed its business and Tennessee lawmakers closed the books on the 108th General Assembly. The legislative plaza proved to be a hotbed of highly charged issues this year – from wrangling over Medicaid expansion and teacher pay increases to allowing open carry of handguns without a permit. As in years past, a good deal of the spotlight was on issues related to education, including vouchers, the implementation of Common Core State Standards, and teacher licensure.

That's a Wrap! 2014 End of Session Review



The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die last Thursday, leaving behind an assortment of bills that will become law upon signing by Gov. Haslam. Stand for Children was working the halls and offices of Legislative Plaza every day the legislature was in session.    


The Common Core Webinar Recap-

This week Stand for Children – Tennessee was super excited to host a state-wide webinar to get to the core of the Common Core State Standards! In total, 25 parents and teachers joined together to hear from three great experts who discussed and answered questions around the new standards.

All we do is win win win... for children! Stand makes the News!



  • 1600 petition signatures
  • 130 phone calls to County Commissioners from their constituents
  • 30 handwritten letters
  • 100 people in attendance over the span of 3 meetings and speakers at each
  • Winning a victory for our kids

= Priceless.

Our First Webinar!


Last week, Stand for Children Tennessee hosted its very first webinar focused at educating parents, teachers, and community members on hot topics in the education policy realm.  This month’s policy topic that was chosen was the Portfolio Strategy.  Not clear on what the Portfolio Strategy means for school districts? Never fear! We've got the answers for you.  

Changes in Licensing for Tennessee Teachers




On Friday, June 21st Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education (DOE), presented to the State Board of Education a measure aimed at dramatically improving the teaching force across the state.